Earthquake in Japan- No more disasters? (Update #13)

Two days and lots of aftershocks later, the worst appears to be over. Recovery efforts appear to be in full swing, and rescue teams from abroad have come to help as well.

Are the aftershocks over? Reactors are safe?

Hopefully so. But here are some pieces of news that I've been hearing:

1. Reactors #1 and #2 have calmed down, but Reactor #3 is now unstable, and the cooling mechanism has shut down. They are thinking of cooling it with seawater as they did with the first reactor. This, again, comes with the risk of explosion. 

2. They have announced that there is a 70% chance of another quake magnitude 5-7 in the next three days (between Sunday and Wednesday). That's obviously the last thing we need. 

3. For those in Tokyo, and surrounding areas that are run under Tokyo Denryoku/TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Company), there is the possibility that there will be further power outages. They appear to be rationing power, and are systematically shutting down electricity in areas, in turn. Each outage is supposed to last about three hours. This may or may not happen in your area.

All of this is speculation though. The news on television has been entirely unreliable, and its pretty clear that either A) They don't really know what's going on, or B) They're not telling us everything in order to avert panic.

Or both, of course. There's been no new updates on the situation around the reactor, it's just a loop of the same information (that it appears to be in control, and that there's a chance of a problem with another reactor), but there really have been no definitive details as to what happened, what's happening, or what risks we are facing. Even details of rescue efforts, and info on the true extent of the damage, are less than suffice.

Watching the news is a little frustrating right now because there are clearly holes (deliberate or not) in the information they're providing.


  1. When something that big and exceptional happens, we naturally feel the need to have somebody who knows what's going on to tell us. Truth is, when something that big happens, nobody really knows, not even the media or the government or anybody else.

  2. Thanks for the updates! Here in Brazil people of my group have talked to their relatives in Japan, but it's good to have personal news of the subject.

  3. I hope everyone you know in Japan is safe.

  4. ... and David, you're right. Guess just have to wait as the news comes (thought TV is unreliable, internet/twitter is doing a much better job).

  5. Sadly, if it still needs to be proven, I'm afraid that tragedy shows us how useless TV has become as far as news are concerned.
    In France, anything you can learn from it right now, I've learned hours earlier from the web and almost every newscast has been taken over by politicians hijacking the event to further their own agenda (pro or con) about nuclear energy. Shameful and embarrassing, I have lost respect in all of them (not that I had much left).